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Passionate about supporting sustainable building practice

Materials in Mind offers a range of support for construction businesses and projects to help meet tougher new and upcoming industry standards. Circular economy thinking, including waste avoidance, is integral to our practice and we can help with guidance around local requirements and opportunities.

Materials in Mind supports clients in addressing environmental, social and economic aspects of their construction business and projects with confidence, deepening understanding of the wider impacts of their operations and projects.

Projects Lead, Jenny Ford is a buildings consultant specialising in sustainable design and materials. Additionally, drawing on extensive practical experience as an architectural technician, Jenny is well versed in creating documents for planning, project specification and production.

Technical Services

2D and 3D drawing including concept design and modelling, survey and planning drawings, take-offs (procurement) and production drawings.

Operational Services

Materials auditing and assessment, supply-chain and procurement strategy creation, demo and construction phase plans.

Other Services

MiM can design manifestos, codes of conduct and stakeholder/crew communications and workshops that are easily digestible. We can break down complex issues such as embodied carbon and demonstrate simple ways to make a big difference

Our Mission

We’re passionate about sharing great building practice and ideas that deliver benefits to all, Materials in Mind is here to help you deliver kinder, healthier and safer built environments. 

WHY – Corruption and carelessness has put a spotlight on this runaway industry, driving the need for ambitious and radical change in the culture, economics and regulations that define it.

WHAT – We support construction businesses in gaining positive experiences and connections that will make the biggest difference to their projects. We work to remove complexity, risk and other barriers to building with more sustainable – less harmful – products and processes.

HOW – Your journey is shaped by personal experience, ambition and concerns – we can equip you with the tools to identify what great practice looks and feels like in your unique context. 

The construction industry must adapt NOW to meet immediate, systemic and future challenges. 

By working with us, you are joining a movement of community-based organisations, SME builders, trades and individuals. Uniquely positioned to exchange ideas, frustrations, solutions and opportunities, you can inspire and drive change in your local area.

Meet Jenny

Jenny Ford is a buildings consultant and architectural technician with over 12 years experience within the sector. As a systems thinker and designer, she brings a fresh and creative approach to tackling waste, resource management and stakeholder engagement. 

Materials in Mind was founded in 2018 after completing a masters degree in Sustainable Development in Practice. Concerned about the slowness of global industries’ adoption to increasing environmental and social challenges, Materials in Mind set out as a disruptive but constructive force in the built environment and construction materials sectors.

Key Knowledge Areas:

Material Futures • Sustainable Procurement • Circular Economy • Zero carbon construction • Resilient businesses in a climate emergency • Modern Methods of Construction • Sustainable water management

Jenny Ford

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Established in 2018, Materials in Mind developed out of founder Jenny Ford’s previous career working with engineered timber buildings and master’s degree in Sustainable Development in Practice.